Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

Amateur Politicians in Robes

(Roman Genn)
Supreme Court justices should not try to be statesmen

Partisan gerrymandering, a practice with a longer history in our country than the Constitution, is before the Supreme Court this term. The justices have heard arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a lawsuit alleging that the Constitution forbids drawing legislative district lines for excessive partisan advantage.

Some proponents of the lawsuit have high hopes for the effects of a victory. John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, says that gerrymandering results in “polarization and division” and “needs to be on the dustbin of history.” He has joined a brief urging the Court to curtail the practice.

For the Court to assume the task

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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